Friday, September 25, 2020

(x, why?) Mini: Evaluations

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These things always lead to an argument.

Okay, not really. That's just an expression.





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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Discrete and Continuous Graphs

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Watch out for those toppings when you make your own sundaes! More dollars and more calories!

Preparing for in-class instruction while also worrying about remote education has kept me occupied. Those who follow me on Twitter might recognize that I posted a portion of this because I was using it in class.

I expect more of this as pressures of time, work and life move in.





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Thursday, September 17, 2020

(x, why?) Mini: C Train

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(Don't) Take The C Train

Train Trivia: The C train travels for most of its route along the A line. Hence, the Take the "A" Train reference above. Also, it's not particularly worse than any other line, which isn't to say that they're all good. Some mornings it seems like nothing's moving.

If you're looking for a punchline explanation, do a translation of "despacito". This actually led to a mildly amusing moment. I learned the word "despaciamente" in high school. At least, that is what I remember saying to my Spanish teachers "por favor". After double-checking despacito, to make sure I hadn't blown the joke, I started typing despaciament into the translate box. It was funny watching the translation change as I typed each letter from "slowly" to "dispatch" to "slow me down" and then back to "slowly".





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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

(x, why?) Mini: Discrete

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Discrete indiscretions.

After enough math, when I need to type out "be discreet", I have to stop and check the spelling, even though I know the two words are spelled differently. Not a big deal to look it up. It's not like it's cheating.





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Friday, September 11, 2020

Disruption

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Stand back. I'm drinking coffee here.

The "funny" part is that while I use the "two shot" fairly regularly, I don't use a standard three-panel strip very often at all.

I may give this another month or so. After that, either I'll switch to AnthroNumerics and other silliness, or I'm going to produce "timeless" strips that take place outside of the normal psuedo-reality. A return to normalcy, or at least to my own brand of insanity.





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Thursday, September 10, 2020

Back to School 2020

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I think circulating the classroom is on hold ... except for circulating the air, I suppose.

Some colleagues are happy to be back in the building. Others are not. All I know is that the usual camaraderie is absent as people keep their distance (mostly), despite arriving on a subway or bus.

It's awkward and no one is entirely certain what is going on or what happens next. But wear a mask, wash your hands and carry on.





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Wednesday, September 09, 2020

The Nightmare Before School Starts

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I never know what the new school year will bring. I always cross that bridge when I come to it.

The background picture was drawn by yours truly in MS Paint in December 2019 in response to a prompt by a friend on social media about some of the illustrations by Ralph Bakshi. This was my version of one seen in his version of Lord of the Rings, I believe. (I'm sure a fan will point out my mistake if I'm incorrect.)

The desks and chairs were not intended to look like they were crawling across the bridge, but it seems like they are. But it is a nightmare after all.





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Friday, September 04, 2020

Tropical Geometry

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You can't call this one low-hanging fruit -- the fruit hangs pretty high. Not that I drew any.

I like my palm green. I don't like my palm red. But I used to have a Palm(tm) Reader.

I debated using AR Christy or Forte for the font. I couldn't decide if either of them had a tropical feel to them.

ObMath: In mathematics, tropical geometry is the study of polynomials and their geometric properties when addition is replaced with minimization and multiplication is replaced with ordinary addition. If that sounds confusing, there's no need to go further. If that sounds interesting, there are many resources on the web you can peruse at your leisure.

I'd like to take my leisure on a tropical isle myself, but right now isn't really the time for it. For one thing, school is starting up again, and for another, I'm avoiding planes and cruise ships.





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Wednesday, September 02, 2020

(x, why?) Mini: Chain e-Mail

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You know they're spam spam spam spam, spam spam spam spam, spammity spam!

This wasn't created with the e's I thought it would be. It was a little more difficult.

ObMath: Insert a value of 2.71828... as you will.





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Monday, August 31, 2020

Hitting the Wall

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I hope you're laughin'.

I don't know where the idea to do this came from, but I've been thinking about it for some time now. It was just a matter of making a wall design I like.

The "scenter" joke was originally a circle joke. But their faces (their heads, actually) are all circles.

The quarter note was going to be it's own comic, but it was either use it here or have a joke about a long little doggie.

Disclaimer: All performers were photographed separately and added to the finished product, so masks were not necessary.





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Friday, August 28, 2020

(x, why?) Mini: Shearing

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Ewe get it?

I haven't done one of these in a few years, so why not?

It was just an optical illusion, but when I sheared it farther, it actually looked taller as well, but the tops and bottoms were on the same line. On the other hand, when I sheared it farther, it did look blurrier, and a lot of the black was graying a bit.





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Wednesday, August 26, 2020

The Aliens Table: Boldly Going

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I wasn't going to work in a 'Picard' reference.

I haven't done one of these in a few years, so why not?

I noticed that it was pretty evenly split between calling this The Aliens Table and The Alien's Table. In anything, it should've been The Aliens' Table. So I think I'll just drop the apostrophe altogether. "I think I'll drop the apostrophe." -- Greek chorus





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Thursday, August 20, 2020

Barricade

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Do you think she was On her own because she was cast out?

Oddly, this started as a "coset" joke, but her songs weren't as memorable.

At the very least, this song -- those three words -- aired in every commercial for years.





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Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Chicken

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Or maybe he saw the Colonel on the other side of the street.

Sometimes I'm like a dog with a bone. Even when I make a non-joking observation or a joke that isn't about math, there will be a math joke in it.

It's like that time The Riddler overheard another criminal making plans for robberies, so he left clues for Batman (and the rest of the Super Friends to stop him. But his compulsion forced him to commit alternative crimes that also fit the clues.





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Saturday, August 15, 2020

Al Dente

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I said deposit because it wasn't going to be a ''nickel back'' joke.

Looks like the aluminum can is a little more than just dented.





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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Gaiter

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I run the risk that by the time this comic appears, it won't be a joke any longer.

A long time ago, when the Internet was young(er), I learned many usenet abbreviations, many of which carried over to texting. One of them was L8R, which was fairly obvious.

However, it made it very confusing when I started seeing L5R, which I couldn't figure out how to pronounce. It turned out that it actually stood for the game Legend of the Five Rings, which was popular at the time.

It goes to show you that just because two terms look similar, it doesn't mean that they are related at all. Go Gaiters!





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Saturday, August 08, 2020

Cast of Characters Page

I've started on a Cast of Characters page, a project which I've put off for the longest time.

At one point, I had a wiki page which had a handful of them. That was a decade ago, and it would be long outdated, if a copy existed.

Right now, I haven't even gone through 200 comics. And I have to leave the AntroNumerics for later -- there are too many of them! It seems like an infinite number!!

Anyway, you can have a peek at http://mrburkemath.net/xwhy/characters.html.

Let me know what you think? What should I add? What's missing? (Keep in mind, I haven't gotten that far yet!) But what do you hope to see?

Friday, August 07, 2020

Denesting Radicals

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It's not easy getting them to leave the nest!.

I was prepared to explain how to "denest" a nested radical, such as SQRT(3 + SQRT(5)), but aside from the obvious limitations of text on this blogging platform, I reviewed not only the steps, but the necessary conditions for denesting.

It's a little more involved than I usually get. So allow me to point to a wiki page on the subject.

As for the example above (which is hinted at in the comic), SQRT(3 + SQRT(5)) is equivalent to (1 + SQRT(5)) / SQRT(2), or SQRT(2)/2 + SQRT(5/2). You can check my math at wolframalpha.

I realize the imagery (and dialogue) is similar to my Free Radical comic, but what are you going to do? Math always circles back on itself.

For something else that is (sadly) neither free nor radical (I don't think it is), I have a flash fiction anthology available: In A Flash 2020, which you might enjoy reading next time you leave your nest and ride public transit, or when settling in your nest for a quiet evening.





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Thursday, August 06, 2020

(x, why?) Mini: Something To MoVe You?

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You need mv to move.

While trying to figure how to word the first joke with the "density"/"destiny" anagram, the second one occured to me. And when I realized one formula had p, and the other rho, which looks like p, I figured that I'd just use them both.

For something else moving, I have a flash fiction anthology available: In A Flash 2020, which you might find moving if you download it to read while you're on the bus.





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Tuesday, August 04, 2020

Emirp

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It's hard to tell if the emirp is coming or going.

If it isn't obvious, an emirp is a prime number that is still a prime when the digits are reversed. There are also cyclic emirps, where every prime in the cycle is a still a prime when it is reversed.

As for the Weird guy, longtime readers have seen him before.





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Friday, July 31, 2020

(x, why?) Mini: Trial

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I guess there would be a lot of ''bial'' tossed around at a two-sided proceeding.

My newest problem with Shape characters. Sometimes the entier face of the shape is just the face. Sometimes the face is the face and body. As a result, it's slightly unclear -- out of context -- if they are wearing face masks or bikinis.

And if you didn't see that, can you now unsee it?

And I still think this Octagon shape for the cops is the most amusing unstated running gag. (Unstated, except for the hashtag.)





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Thursday, July 30, 2020

(x, why?) Mini: Annually

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As a teacher, I'm used to having my progress probed annually. And it's a lousy feeling.

No, I don't know why my mind went here. But, as stated on the comic itself, this is as close as I'll get to doing this kind of humor in my comic. Likewise, any "bathroom" humor would likely involve singing in the shower.

It's not that I'm against it. If we ever meet in at a quiet party at a con, there may be all kinds of bawdy humor mixed in with the regular conversation. But there are plenty of outlets for that kind of stuff. And they likely do it "better". And once you start down that road, it's hard to come back.

Me? I'll stand at one end of the road and stick my tongue out at the travelers. That's as far as I'll toe that line.





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Monday, July 27, 2020

Shameless Plug

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Looks like they're ready for some kind of ''revoltage''.

You have to hate those Shameless Plugs!!

Speaking of Shameless Plugs: I have a new anthology of flash fiction published by eSpec Books called In A Flash 2020, and it's now available in paperback and as an ebook.

Among the twenty stories is The Feast of Groggry, the Cronaut, which features a time traveler to the future. He does not meet any robots there.

On the other hand, there is a future inhabited by retro sci-fi robots in the tale Revoltage. The robots above, "Tomorrow's Teachers of Tommorrow", were the picture in my mind of the boxy and cylindrical AI robots of the future. I've never given names to these machines, but the AM series came from two sources: I think therefore I AM, of course, and the bandwidth where some of us used to get our music. (I can include my kids in this, thanks to Radio Disney.) As for the model number 388, it's a reference to Comic 388: Recharge, which was their first appearance, back in 2009.





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Sunday, July 26, 2020

(x, why?) Mini: Obtuse

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No matter how well-intentioned you think your joke is, there's always someone who is going to be upset.

There was a lot of this going on on Twitter yesterday. This was my contribution. One of them, anyway.





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Friday, July 24, 2020

(x, why?) Mini: Bottom of the Hour

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Originally, I wasn't serious about doing an update on what bottom of the hour means. Joke's over, I guess.

If you face an older clock, the 12 is at the top of the hour, and the 6 is at the bottom. So half-past is the bottom of the hour. After that, you start getting closer the next hour. Like the Romans with their I before V (even after C). By the time the hand is on the 8, you'd be "twenty to" or "twenty of" instead of "twenty past".

The concluding portion of the comic came to mind because I was going to make an "Okay, Grandpa" joke in the dialogue. Or maybe Great Grandpa if I wanted to invoke a different period of history.

While my uncles served in the U.S. Navy, my Dad and oldest brother were Army. My knowledge of Bells comes from Capt. Jack McCarthy who hosted not only the St. Patrick's Day Parade coverage in NYC but also afternoon cartoons on a local station. Popeye cartoons, of course. He'd come on TV every afternoon and announce "Six Bells and All's Well!" And with cartoons, it definitely was.

Last "bells" reference. Keep in mind, this was told to me by an Army vet I looked up to, when I was maybe 7 years old, and he heard it from a Navy vet. So consider this some intra-military rivalry jocularity:

The announcer on Naval radio gave the time: "It's six bells! For you Army soldiers, it's 1500. For you Marines, the big hand is on the 12 and the little hand is on the 3."





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Thursday, July 23, 2020

School Life #17: Game Swap

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Sometimes it seems like I'm writing fanfic with my characters. Indulge me.

For any newer readers, Daisy was "no-touch" before the pandemic as well as no eye contact.

Speaking of the pandemic, I had it in mind with the separation and the gloves. And I was actually finished the comic before I realized that they weren't wearing masks. Sigh.





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